All eyes in Epcot are on World Showcase Lagoon in 2019, because IllumiNations — the beloved fireworks, laser, and light show — is scheduled to end in the second half of the year. And to make the most of the final nights of the show, Rose & Crown Pub and Dining Room in Epcot’s United Kingdom is now offering Illuminations Dining Packages!
Tonight is the first official night of this dining package which includes three courses and a patio seat for the big show! And thanks to DFB’s Travel Agent partner, Small World Vacations’ Sue P., who happened to get a preview last night — we’ve got everything you need to know about this unique dining experience BEFORE it officially begins!
The IllumiNations dinner takes place on the patio at Rose & Crown, giving diners a sweeping view of World Showcase Lagoon (and IllumiNations!).
The venue for this special event holds about 40 guests. And while patio seating is guaranteed for diners who’ve purchased the package, we’re told there will still be some limited space for other diners who time their meals just right!
The prix fixe menu for IllumiNations is a three-course dinner featuring some of Rose & Crown’s most popular menu items. Unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are included in the dining package, and for this there is a full menu that includes the event’s signature beverage – the Sparkling Duchess.
The Sparkling Duchess is a combination of prosecco, elder flower liqueur, mint, ginger ale, and boba balls. It’s sparkly, tasty, and a little fancy with those edible pearls. 😉
Dinner begins with a choice of an appetizer: Rose & Crown’s famous Scotch Egg or a traditional Cheese Platter.
We actually love BOTH of these, so either one is a perfect choice.
These are followed by a choice of entrées such as Rose & Crown’s signature Fish and Chips, served with ketchup and tartar sauce. This is an excellent and authentic choice.
If you’re looking for some real comfort food from across the pond, Corned Beef and Hash is a terrific choice.
If you’re aiming to eat healthy, consider Pan-Roasted Scottish Salmon with lots of vegetable sides.
And finally, what’s a British menu without Bangers and Mash? Ooh, we are ready for it! This is almost always my choice at Rose and Crown! It’s delicious, savory, and just the right portion size.
Dessert is the Pudding Platter Trio featuring Sticky Toffee Pudding, English Trifle, and Chocolate Nougat Bar. Such a fun way to try several English classics all at once!
Kids participating in the dining package can enjoy a soup (including the yummy Potato Leek Soup!) or salad with their choice of Cheese and Turkey Flatbread, Turkey Meatball Pasta, Cheesy Pasta, or Fish and Chips as well as either Fruit Salad or Trifle for dessert.
And, of course: the view. This is a beautiful way to end the day at Epcot!
The IllumiNations Dining Package officially begins tonight, and booking is available via the Disney World website or by calling (407) WDW-DINE. The price is $85 for adults and $35 for children (tax and gratuity included). Epcot admission is required but not included.
Huge thanks to Sue for sharing these photos with us!
Are you making reservations for the IllumiNations Dining Package at Epcot? Let us know in the comments.